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Motherboard Change on Domain Controller (SBS 2003 R2)

Posted on 2006-11-12
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Hi Folks,

Major issue - does anyone know how to resolve the issue of changing a motherboard on a fauly HP Server on a machine running SBS 2003 R2.  Specifically with relation to it acting as a DC and related MAC address problems.  Reinstall is not an option as it is a live server in proiduction environment and client cannot stand any down time.

MAny thanks in advance.

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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There's no MAC address issue unless your NICs are integrated.  If they are, you should disable the current NICs before removing the MoBo and then configure the new ones exactly the same and rerun the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW).  

I'm assuming here that this is an IDENTICAL Motherboard... same model, same chipset, same everything?

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That is correct.
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Well, the fact that your client cannot stand ANY down time is going to still be a problem... you'll need at least the amount of time to reinstall the mobo.  

You could add a second Domain Controller to the network, but that will only provide domain authentication.  You'll still have downtime for email and other services provided by the SBS.

If you want a solution with NO downtime whatsoever, you need to follow the SwingIT migration method from www.sbsmigration.com.  This process will provide you with a temporary server that will keep things going while you do the repairs.  You will then swing things back to the original server.

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